Activities in El Nido

The most popular activities in El Nido are the island tours. But the Bacuit Bay and its surroundings are also perfect for a wide range of other activities.

Inwater Activities in El Nido and Around

Island Hopping: is one of the most popular activities in El Nido. It’s a way to discover many hidden beaches and spend a day snorkeling in the most beautiful spots of the Bacuit bay. You can join the regular tours or book a private boat.

Tour  A: Tour to the Small and Secret Lagoon on Miniloc Island, Simisu Island, Payon Payon beach and 7 Commandos beach.
Tour B: Tour to Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave, Pinagbuyutan Island and  Entalula Beach.
Tour C: Tour to Helicopter Island, Matinloc Shrine,  Secret Beach, Star Beach and Hidden Beach. You have a big chance to see turtles.
Tour D: This tour focuses on the beaches such as Paradise Beach, Bukal Beach, Pasandigan Beach, Ipil Beach, Nat Nat Beach and the lagoon around the Cadlao Island with the Cadlao Lagoon as the highlight.

Prices for the tours are between Php1,200 and Php1,400 per person. Lunch, drinking water and tour guide should be included.

For an overnight trip you can choose to join a group or organize private expeditions. Book with Tao Philippines.

Going to the islands by kayak is a nice way to be independent and feel like Robinson Crusoe! The waters can be calm. It’s easy to get to the closer Cad Lao island. The perfect spot to take plenty of pictures and visit beaches nearby where you can snorkel and even encounter turtles if you are lucky. Going to the further islands is only possible by sea kayak. You will need to be experienced and make sure that the weather conditions are good.

  • You can rent a kayak for half a day or a day at Art Cafe
  • Kayaks are also available in Big Lagoon on one of the stop overs.

QI Palawan: is located on the East Coast of the North of Palawan, 50 minutes away from the town of El Nido. QI Palawan offers kite boarding for beginners and experienced kiters. Their remote beach location has the ideal wind during the Amihan season (November to April)!  No crowds, just a sandy bottom and flat water.

Or maybe you will choose to stay a few days. Their resort is an escape into quietness and nature. Pure luxury away from civilization.

In the same area in the village of Teneguiban there’s also Amihan Kite Windsurf Cafe. Recently opened they offer kite and windsurfing as well as kayak and other watersports, a quiet place to hang-out and have good food away from the hustle and Bustle.

 Inland Activities in El Nido and Around

Namaste El Nido Yoga & Spa: Daily Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga Classes and other kinds of yoga. They also offer massage and other spa treatments. If you are looking for total relaxation this is the place to be. 

They are located in the Pop District in Coron Coron. Find more info on their facebook page:

EL Nido Canopy Walk: This walk is probably the safest and best organized walk to experience an amazing view down the taraw (limestone) cliffs looking out over the Bacuit Bay. The entrance is along Rizal street. The Canopy Walk is 500 pesos per person. Safety harness, helmet and guide are included. The whole walk takes around 1h 30 mins. 

Tours in the North of El Nido

Discover by your own the Northern Tip of Palawan. There are a lot of hidden treasures in this part of the island. You can hire a van or a tricycle to get there. The most popular way is to rent a motorbike or a scooter. But be extremely careful! The concrete road turns into tracks after few kilometers. We highly recommend to get a vehicle in good conditions! Remember that the most important parts of  bike are the tires and never ride a motorbike without an helmet, proper shoes and tee-shirt! Few people brought painful souvenirs from those trips!

Lio beach, El Nido
Bounded by a stunning beach on one side and glorious mountains on the other, Lio is Ayala Land’s first tourism estate offering a wealth of leisure amenities within a majestic natural setting 20 minutes from El Nido town.

Nacpan and Calitang, the twin beaches
Enjoy stunning face to face beaches, probably the most impressive ones in Palawan. About 30 minutes by motorbike.

Nagkalit-kalit Falls and Makinit Hot Springs
Chill out in the hot springs surrounded by the jungle and take a rewarding fresh bath in the waterfall after a walk through the forest (45 min ride, then 45 min trek to get to the waterfalls).

Dagmay Beach
Dagmay beach is completely empty and very quiet – a perfect spot for those who want some peace and quiet. If you’re there at the right time, you’ll be able to meet the local fishermen.

Duli Beach
45 mins away from El Nido, you’ll find a beautiful 4km long beach, only surrounded by jungle and clear water.

Ille Cave
Explore the famous cave where archeologists found human bones and potteries from 12 000 years earlier. (45min drive from El Nido)

Sibaltan Village
 Is a quiet fishing village. You can find here untouched beaches and islands nearby. It’s about a 1 hour ride by motorbike or van. If you’re making the trip by motorcycle you can easily go there and back in a day.

Tours in the South of El Nido

Maremegmeg Beach

Palm-fringed golden sands with beach shack bars & restaurants for sunset vistas only 15 minutes South of El Nido town.

Kuyawyaw falls
Is located in Brgy. Cataban municipality Taу Taу, 45 minutes from El Nido by motorcycle or 20 minutes from Taу Taу town. The waterfall has 3 levels. To the 1 level it only takes 10 mins. To the second 10 mins and another 15 mins until the most beautiful third waterfall. The last level is not that easy to reach.

The Spanish Fuerza de Santa Isabel Fort in Tay Tay
Was built in 1667. This famous remnant was completed on 1738. It was mainly used to defend against Muslim warrior-raiders and still looks out over the bay. It is in almost perfect condition covered in plants and wonderful green.

Tay Tay is 60 Km from El Nido and can be reached by van, bus, motorbike or scooter. You can easily combine it with a stop over at the Kuyawyaw falls on the way there or way back.

Surfing at Duli Beach
Duli is another remote beach 1 hour away from El nido town. From November until April Duli Beach has a pretty consistent swell which makes it a great spot for surfing. At the Duli Beach resort you can rent surfboards. They also have an instructor present to give you surf lessons if wished for. Click here for the current surf condition at Duli Beach. Also look on the Facebook page; Surf El Nido.

Dive Sibaltan
Discover the underwater world of Palawan’s North East colorful coral reefs. Dive Sibaltan is located in the small fishing village of Sibaltan about 1 hour North from El Nido. They organize morning and full day diving packages with one of their highlights…. a manta cleaning station.

Dive sibaltan

This is one of the activities in El Nido to go with family or friends. There is a 750m zipline joining Las Cabanas with Snake Island. Php500 one way, PHP400 more to come back, otherwise you can walk at low tide or swim. Las Cabanas is also the perfect spot to enjoy a drink on the beach and watch the sunset over the Bacuit bay.

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